Perceptions of family planning among low-income men in Western Kenya: Original Article
2009 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 56, no 3, 340-345 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Men have rarely been involved in either receiving or providing information on sexuality, reproductive health or birth spacing. They have also been ignored or excluded in one way or the other from participating in many family planning programmes as family planning is viewed as a womans affair.
Aim: To describe the perceptions of family planning among low-income men in Western Kenya. Methods: A qualitative study using focus group interviews and content analysis was conducted, with 64 men aged 15-54 years participating actively.
Findings: Perceptions of family planning were manifold. For example, some perceived it as meaning having the number of children one is able to provide for. Most men knew about traditional and modern methods of birth control, although their knowledge was poor and misconceived. Modern methods were thought to give side effects, discouraging family planning. Low instances of family planning were also because of the fact that culturally, children are considered wealth. A law advocating family size limitation was regarded as necessary for the future.
Conclusion: Mens perceptions of family planning are manifold. Their knowledge about contraception is poor and sometimes misconceived. Preferences regarding a childs gender are strong, thus attitudes and cultural beliefs that might hinder family planning have to be considered. A policy on male contraception and contraceptive services is seen as necessary.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 56, no 3, 340-345 p.
Family planning; Focus groups; Gender; Kenya; Low-income; Male participation; Reproductive health
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21248DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00726.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21248DiVA: diva2:241005